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IIT Gandhinagar is looking for bright and dedicated young scholars interested in research to join us as Ph.D. scholars.

Currently, we offer Ph.D. programmes in Biological Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Cognitive Science, Computer Science and Engineering, Earth Sciences, Economics, Electrical Engineering, History, Language & Literature, Materials Engineering, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Social Epidemiology and Sociology, Development economics.

Prospective students satisfying the eligibility criteria are encouraged to acquaint themselves with the research areas of our faculty members for suitable match of interest. IIT Gandhinagar also offers a Start Early Ph.D. Fellowship with additional financial support for exceptionally qualified undergraduate students from select colleges wishing to start on a direct Ph.D. programme after B.Tech.

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Important Dates

  • 31 March 2022

    Application Deadline

    8 April 2022

    Announcement of shortlisted candidates (Tentative)

    11-17 April 2022


    4 May 2022

    Announcement of Result (Tentative)

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  • Eligibility Criteria

    Eligibility Criteria

    At least 55% marks or 5.5 CPI marks in M.A./M.Sc./B.Tech./M.Tech./BS (IISc, IISER)/BS-MS (IISER) or equivalent degree in appropriate branches. Above mentioned eligibility criteria is minimum at Institute level.

    For discipline wise minimum eligibility criteria, please click here. The disciplines may use higher cut off levels for short listing besides giving due consideration to the way questions are answered in the application form. Candidates belonging to SC/ST/PD categories would be eligible for relaxations, as per norms, in the selection criteria.

  • Admission Categories

    Admission Categories

    Regular(RR): Fulltime residential research candidate.

    Continuing Doctoral Programme (CDP): This if for the candidates working in industry or as a faculty in any educational institution. In this category the candidate is given advance admission with 90 days of residency requirement in 1st year and on successful completion of 1st year, the admission is confirmed with the expected minimum 2 years of full time residential requirement on campus for completing course work and a major part of thesis work. After 2-years, the candidate may be permitted to go back to parent organization subject to significant progress in thesis work. Subsequently, the candidate is expected to complete at least 2 weeks of residency at the Institute for each semester all through the PhD programme. A certificate in support of the candidature must support the application. Click here for more details about the programme.

  • Financial Support

    Financial Support

    Students joining the Ph.D. program as regulars (RR) may be considered for the Institute Fellowship (subjected to availability of fund) based on the following norms:

    1. Candidates with qualifications in any of the points (a-f) mentioned below are eligible for a monthly fellowship of Rs. 31,000/-.
      • a). Post Graduate Degree in Basic Science with NET/GATE Qualification or Graduate Degree in Professional Courses (B.Tech/B.E.) with NET/GATE Qualification or Postgraduate Degree in Professional Courses (M.Tech/M.E. etc)
      • b). BTech degree from a CFTI (Centrally Funded Technical Institute) with CPI at least 8.0 (on a scale of 10).
      • c). MSc/MA from IITs with CPI at least 8.0 (on a scale of 10)
      • d). BS from IISc with CPI at least 6.4 (on a scale of 8)
      • e). BS-MS from IISERs with CPI at least 8.0 (on a scale of 10)
      • f). BS from IISERs with CPI at least 8.0 (on a scale of 10)
    2. After successful completion of two years in a regular PhD programme, a PhD candidate may be eligible for a monthly fellowship of Rs. 35,000/-.

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  • Admission Procedure

    Admission Procedure

    Admission is generally offered on the basis of an interview, which is supplemented by a written test if necessary. The Institute will invite a limited number of candidates for a written test and/or interview based on the academic records, statement of purpose, etc. The final selection will be mainly based on academic credentials, written test and/or interview.

    In addition to the announced admission cycles with prescribed deadline of application, the Institute also considers applications any time of the year in case of exceptional candidates. Based on the qualifications of the candidates and the need of the discipline concerned, applications received are processed through duly constituted selection committees at regular intervals.

  • Application Procedure

    Application Procedure

    All applications must be submitted online. If you are applying for more than one discipline, please submit a separate application for each discipline. After successful submission of the application form, you will receive an application number and a link to download the application form. Please save the application form. You need to furnish hardcopy of the application form and self attested copies of all the relevant documents at the time of interview. Incomplete applications will be rejected

    Application Fees: Rs. 150/- (SC/ST/PD Category), Rs. 300/- (Others)
    You NEED NOT send the hard-copy of the application form.

    Important Dates

    Application Deadline - 31 March 2022
    Announcement of shortlisted candidates (Tentative) - 8 April 2022
    Interview - 11-17 April 2022
    Announcement of Result (Tentative) - 4 May 2022

  • Focus Areas
    • Biological Engineering

      Epigenetics, DNA Regulatory Mechanisms, Quadruplex Nucleic Acids in Disease Regulation, Neuroscience,Learning, Memory, Neural Control of Movement, Movement Disorders, Rehabilitation, Biomedical engineering and Instrumentation, Ultrasound Imaging, diagnostics, hydrogels, stem cells, tissue engineering, Chemical Biology, Peptides and their applications, Molecular mechanism of Neurodegeneration,Biomolecular Crystallography, 3D-Bioprinting, Computational structural biology, Molecular Dynamics Simulations, Networks, Plant biology (development, reproduction, cell-cell signaling, biotechnology)

    • Chemical Engineering

      Chemical Reaction Engineering, Multiphase reactions and functional materials (CO2 capture, adsorbents), Surface Engineering and Superhydrophobic surfaces, Pharmaceutical Engineering and Drug Delivery, Wastewater treatment, Drinking water, Particulate matter and aerosols, Nanotechnology, Biomedical Engineering, Polymer Processing, Polymer Gels, Polymer Blends, Shape memory polymers, Smart Polymeric Materials, Polymer Ionic Liquids, Process Engineering, Control, and Optimization, Cyber-Physical Systems for Industrial Manufacturing and Buildings, Machine Learning and Data Science, , Colloids and Interfaces, Rheology, Powder Technology, Thermodynamics and Statistical Mechanics, Molecular simulations, Protein aggregation and protein folding, Biomolecular Simulations, Supercapacitors and other energy storage devices, Polymer nanocomposites, Biomaterials, Bio-printing, 3D printing, , Crystallization of pharmaceuticals, nano-drug suspensions, microbubbles for biomedical applications such as drug delivery and ultrasonic imaging, polymorphic behavior of drug molecules, liquid marbles, molecular dynamic simulations for aqueous solutions of drug molecules, Flow and transport in porous media, Hydrodynamic instability, Wetting behavior, Biological motors, Ion exchange resins, Building Energy Management, Indoor Air-quality Control; Synthetic biology, protein engineering, stimuli-responsive hydrogels, Hybrid nanomaterials, and biomolecules for agricultural applications.

    • Chemistry

      1. Organometallic catalysis, C-H Activation, Photo-catalysis, Porphyrins for anti-cancer application
      2. Medicinal Chemistry: Novel drug development, Cancer Chemical Biology: Targeting DDR pathway kinases, New Targets and potential treatment for H pylori infection, Chemical crystallography and Drug polymorphism studies via X ray crystallography.
      3. Computational chemistry, Molecular dynamics simulations and free energy calculations of nanoscale systems and biosystems. DNA sensing using nanopores
      4. Development of novel small molecules for targeting mitchondria/ER in cancer, synthesis of nanomaterials for targeting and imaging of mitochondria/ER, AIEgens for bio-imaging
      5. Asymmetric organocatalysis, asymmetric synthesis of bio-active natural products
      6. computational chemistry, machine learning potentials, small molecule organic semiconductors for OLEDs and solar cells applications.
      7. Synthesis of conjugated organic molecules and their bioconjugates for use as biological and chemosensing applications.
      8. Control and monitoring chemistry at the nanoscale, single-particle spectroscopy, plasmonics

    • Civil Engineering

      Dynamic behavior; Liquefaction; Suction and collapse of unsaturated soils; Constitutive modeling; Earthquake Engineering; Geosynthetics; Machine learning architectures for Hydrological Sciences; Resilience of Urban water distribution systems; Land surface hydrologic modeling, remote sensing applications in hydrology, Climate change impacts on water resources; Dam breach and levee breach hydraulics, Debris flow modelling, Blockage/leak detection in pipes; Fire engineering, Performance-based earthquake engineering, Tall structures, Structural health assessment and monitoring, High-performance concrete, 3D concrete printing, Resilience of infrastructure, Blast engineering; Environmental Engineering; Aerosol and Air Qaulity; Indoor Air Quality; Pollution Mitigation

    • Cognitive Science

      Learning, Memory, Motor Control, Movement Disorders, Rehabilitation, Emotional Processing, Visual Attention, Visual Cognition, Multlingual Cognition, Robotics, Human Robot Interaction, Decision Making, Neural Correlates of Music & Meditation, Early Detection of Alzheimers Disease using Machine learning, Brain Connectivity, Tactile Perception.

    • Computer Science and Engineering

      Theoretical Computer Science, Algorithms and Data Structures, Computational Complexity, Game Theory, Data Mining, Social Networks, Data Science, Machine Learning, Computer Vision, Pattern Recognition, Computer Systems, High-Performance Computing, Natural Language Processing, Computational Sustainability, Internet of Things (IoT), Ubiquitous computing, Computational Algebra, Spectral Graph Theory, Large scale numerical linear algebra, Dynamic graph algorithms, Streaming algorithms, Formal methods and verification, and Web security, NLP for Indic languages, Computer Networks, Cloud and Network Security, Distributed Systems, Software Defined Networks (SDN), and Network Function Virtualization (NFV), Computational Neuroscience.

    • Earth Sciences

      River Science, Earth Surface Processes, Carbonate rocks, sea-level change, Climate Change, Natural Hazards and risk, Water Resources, Geothermal energy, Remote sensing & GIS, Geophysics, Numerical modeling of landscapes, High pressure metamorphis, Environmental Archaeology, Geoarchaeology

    • Electrical Engineering

      1. Nanoelectronics, Semiconductor Devices, Nanotechnology, Computational Electronics
      2. VLSI Design, Asynchronous Circuits, Computer Architecture
      3. Biomedical Engineering, Physiological Signal Processing, Ultrasound Imaging and Therapy
      4. Computer Graphics, Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Pattern Recognition
      5. Signal Processing, Soft Computing
      6. Power Systems and Smart Grid
      7. Fiber Optics, Photonic Sensors, Nanophotonics, Electromagnetic Metamaterials, Computational Electromagnetics
      8. Deep Learning, Internet of Things IoT, High Performance Computing
      9. Electrical Machines and Power Electronics

    • Humanities and Social Sciences

      Social determinants of health. Development Economics. Language acquisition, Semantics, Syntax Indian Writing in English, Women's writing, Indian Feminist Literature, Harappan Archaeology; Ancient Technology & Provenance Studies; Ancient Indian Art, Architecture, Epigraphy, Numismatics; Heritage Management and Conservation Environmental Archaeology, Archaeozoology and taphonomy, Experimental Archaeology, Sociolinguistics, writing and literacy, endangered languages, multimodality, Adivasi society

    • Mechanical Engineering

      1. Solid Mechanics, Material Mechanics, Biomechamics, Fracture mechanics
      2. Control systems, Robotics
      3. Fluid Mechanics and Heat transfer
      4. Combustion and Populsion
      5. Nonlinear dynamics and wave propagation

    • Materials Engineering

      1. Colloidal processing of ceramics, Dewetting, Soft lithography, Tribology, Biomimicry, Surface engineering
      2. Mechanistic and microstructural modeling of additive manufacturing
      3. CALPHAD simulation and alloy development
      4. Antibacterial surfaces and Biomimetic materials
      5. Computational materials/artificial intelligence applications
      6. Functional Biomaterials, Nanotoxciology, Environmental applications of nanomaterials, Metal organic frameworks
      7. Transmission Electron Microscopy based technique for materials characterisation
      8. Modeling and simulations of structure-property relations at atomic scales
      9. Optoelectronic materials, Thin Films, Thermochromic coatings, Transparent conductor

    • Mathematics

      1. Algebraic Geometry
      2. Numerical Analysis
      3. Partial Differential Equations
      4. Probability Theory and Stochastic Processes
      5. Analytic Number Theory

    • Physics
      1. 2D materials heterostructures and its electronic applications
      2. Nanomaterials in energy application
      3. Inorganic and Biological Active Matter
      4. Hot Quantum Chromodynamics (QCD) and quark-gluon plasma
      5. Black Hole & Gravitational wave Physics, test of GR, AdS/CFT and quantum information in QFT and holography
      6. Statistical Physics, computational soft matter

  • PMRF

    Prime Minister's Research Fellowship

    The Prime Minister's Research Fellows (PMRF) Scheme has been designed for improving the quality of research in various higher educational institutions in the country. With attractive fellowships, the scheme seeks to attract the best talent into research thereby realizing the vision of development through innovation. The scheme was announced in the Budget 2018-19. The institutes which can offer PMRF include all the IITs, all the IISERs, Indian Institute of Science, Bengaluru and some of the top Central Universities/NITs that offer science and/or technology degrees. The candidates will be selected through a rigorous selection process and their performance will be reviewed suitably through a national convention time to time. The candidates will be selected through a rigorous selection process and their performance will be reviewed suitably through a national convention. Kindly visit https://iitgn.ac.in/pmrf for more details about PMRF.